Earlier this week, I heard a woman ask her friend for prayer. Her friend immediately began to petition God on her behalf. That, in itself, wasn’t what surprised me. I, too, am the kind of person who responds to requests for prayer by immediately praying. It’s something that any of us can do without much personal cost.
But what surprised me about this prayer was the confidence with which the friend approached the throne of grace. There was no quiver in his voice. This young man prayed faithfully and fearlessly on behalf of his friend.
There was no doubt in his mind and no lack of confidence in his voice. He toook Hebrews 4:16 to heart. Hebrews 14:6, ”Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
I am not that sure of myself when I pray. I promise that I ramble, and my voice quivers. Sometimes, I write notes, so I don’t leave anything off my list.
I would say that this man’s prayer exhibited a level of self-assurance, but I actually believe it is a level of blessed assurance. This person has such confidence in God, because he has seen God do great things in his own life. As such, he knows what God can do for his friend, based on his own personal experience.
I know his friend was encouraged that day, because I was too, and he wasn’t even praying for me. Imagine if we all prayed in such a manner, that every one within earshot is blessed.
Today, when you go to God in prayer, it is my hope that you go boldly, that you go expectantly, and in full confidence, knowing that the God who hears and answers even our silent tears, is ready to receive and respond to whatever is on our hearts.